Composer, Pianist, Writer, Teacher
WELCOME to the 2021 edition of robertgansmusic.com! I hope you are well!
COMPOSITION & RECORDINGS: Featured on the Recordings page are the 2019 recordings of Love Dance and Crossing The River from Blue Ballet Suite recorded by members of the Ergon Ensemble in Athens, Greece which have been submitted to the 2020 American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award competition. Crossing the River has also been submitted for the ASCAP Foundation's Rudolf Nissim Prize and I plan to review both movements with the Portland Ballet Director after we get through the Covid crisis.
The Presence of That Absence, my new album of eight songs written and recorded since March, 2020 has just been copyrighted. Three releases, The Ocean, I Can't See Your Face and Dancing On Water are available to hear on the Recordings page or by clicking on the Soundcloud button below. Further details are available on my blog.
POETRY: See the set of eight new poems I've written entitled 2020 VISIONS on the poetry page.
PLAYS: "Luminous!" "Magical!" "A triumph of the human spirit!" These are the words I kept in mind to set the writing standards and describe the desired effect of my play Debussy's Daughter on drama critics. The Skyladder, Hail Mary, Debussy's Daughter and Cleopatra's Tomb were a lot of work, fun to write, and provided me with sanctuary. And although live theater submissions are sidelined by the virus now, it was worth the effort to hear these plays come to life during live readings. There are no critics heaping praise, but one actor whose comment was, "I think you have something very special there." is a good place to start. See the Plays page for more details.
PUBLISHING AND SYNC: Eraser Music is my ASCAP affiliated publishing company recently created for the purpose of marketing my music to the metadata driven film and TV sync market which is proving to be a tough nut to crack.
PIANO: I've completed my current repertoire cycle with new recordings of Blue Ballet Suite Movements 1 & 2, an excerpt from Michel Legrand's Grammy award winning composition Images and two other previously recorded pieces. My new repertoire will focus on pieces by Gershwin, Ravel, Chopin, myself and continuing work on Rachmaninoff's Prelude in Gm.
MUSIC EDUCATION: In person lessons at the Portland Conservatory have been suspended again due to the current Covid spike and a massive flood which has disabled all the building systems and rendered it unusable. Oy vey!
My music is available online at the following links:
COMMENTS BY LISTENERS AND CRITICS
"Thank you so much for your great performance. We really enjoyed it." - Opus 1 Music Studio
"I enjoyed Robert Gans' performance of his own Dreamscapes...virtuoso pieces in a neo-romantic style that has deep roots in American music... Gans is at his best when most daring." - Christopher Hyde, Portland Press Herald
"Your playing is fantastic and the selection of pieces is wonderful. I will be buying more of your CDs."
"Thanks so much for sharing your orchestra compositions with me. They are amazing pieces. They really should be heard."
"Soundscape for piano and Rhapsodic Variations played by the composer, showed that the romantic style is alive and well at the conservatory." - Portland Press Herald
"The Streets of Portland is a fun filled nod to the Victorian era and Irish culture with enhancing musical accompaniment by composer Robert Gans." - Portland Press Herald